ESMA publishes the responses received to the consultations on certain aspects of the MiFID requirements for suitability and compliance -continued

February 29, 2012--The responses to the consultation paper on certain aspects of the MiFID requirements for suitability are available here.
The responses to the consultation paper on certain aspects of the MiFID requirements for the compliance function are available here.
Source: ESMA

Europe ETP News
With one number, the Bundesbank reignited one of the fiercest debate surrounding the German economy
August 21, 2016--The German central bank's call for people to work until age 69 has reignited a fierce debate in Europe's fast-ageing top economy, with analysts backing it while politicians show their opposition ahead of key elections.
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Borsa Italiana: ETFstat July 2016
August 19, 2016--New Listing
8 new instruments were listed on ETFplus market
At the end of July there were listed 1155 instruments (729 ETFs, 301 ETCs/ETNs and 125 open-end CIUs)
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Euro area investment fund statistics: second quarter of 2016
August 18, 2016--In the second quarter of 2016 the outstanding amount of shares/units issued by investment funds other than money market funds was €9,424 billion, which is €244 billion higher than in the first quarter of 2016.
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Merger of Deutsche Borse Group and London Stock Exchange Group: Final acceptance ratio: 89.04 per cent of all Deutsche Borse shares tendered
August 17, 2016--Following analysis of all shares tendered for exchange, Deutsche Börse AG has determined a final acceptance ratio for the Exchange Offer of HLDCO123 PLC ("HoldCo") of 89.04 per cent.
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Official Statistics: Forecasts for the UK economy: August 2016
August 17, 2016--A comparison of independent forecasts for the UK economy in August 2016.
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Xetra-Gold holdings rise by more than 50 per cent since the beginning of the year
August 15, 2016--90 ton mark exceeded
The gold held in custody by Deutsche Börse Commodities GmbH for the purpose of physically backing the Xetra-Gold bond has risen to a new record high of 90.67 tons, an increase of more than 50 per cent since the beginning of the year.
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Brexit May Be Delayed Until Late 2019, Sunday Times Says
August 14, 2016--New ministry for Brexit still hiring staff, Sunday Times Says
Tension rising beween Fox, Johnson over policy, Telegraph Says
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Euribor's 'critical' tag opens way for more contested EU benchmark rulings
August 12, 2016--The Euro Interbank Offered Rate's designation as "critical" today is a quick and expected move to fill a gap in oversight of the key interest-rate benchmark.
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Voice brokers make a City comeback
August 11, 2016--So much for the long-predicted demise of voice brokers at the hands of ever more sophisticated technology.
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Russian Economy Shrinks Less Than Forecast as Crisis Peters Out
August 11, 2016--GDP dropped 0.6% last quarter, the least since recession began
Hurdles for recovery include cheaper oil, weak consumer demand
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Deutsche Boerse says shareholder acceptances for LSE merger above 75 percent
August 10, 2016--Deutsche Boerse (DB1Gn.DE) said on Wednesday that more than 75 percent of its shares have been tendered for its agreed $29 billion (£22.21 billion) merger with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L).
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Russia Consumer Sentiment Ticks Up in July
Business Conditions For Big Ticket Purchases Fuel Sentiment
August 10, 2016-Consumer sentiment in Russia improved further in July, moving back to levels seen before the series low recorded in May.
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Bats Europe to Launch New European Equities Large in Scale Negotiation Facility Called Bats LIS
August 9, 2016--Bats LIS to be Powered by BIDS Trading Software, A Proven and Experienced Leader in Block Trading in the U.S.
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LSE August 2016 ETF & ETP Monthly Report
August 8, 2016--Listings
5 new ETFs/ETPs were listed on London Stock Exchange in July. 88 new ETFs and 9 new other ETPs have been listed in 2016.
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Unscheduled adjustment in MDAX and SDAX
August 8, 2016--On Monday, Deutsche Börse announced an unscheduled change to MDAX and SDAX.
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Lyxor adds short-dated gilts ETF to fixed income range
Follows post-Brexit flight to quality
August 8, 2016--Lyxor has expanded its core fixed income passive offering with the launch of a short-dated gilts ETF.
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Important Notice to the Shareholders of DB X-Trackers II IBOXX SOVEREIGNS EUROZONE UCITS ETF
August 5, 2016--The board of directors of the Company (the "Board of Directors") hereby informs the shareholders of the Sub-Fund (the "Shareholders") that it has resolved to make certain changes to the Sub-Fund, as detailed below under A) OVERVIEW OF THE CHANGES (such changes collectively referred to as the "Changes").
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Co-founder to leave $20bn ETF house Source
August 4, 2016--Exit comes amid a period of churn that has seen the departure of fellow co-founder Ted Hood and the appointment of ex-OMGI chief Julian Ide as its new CEO.
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National Statistics: UK official holdings of international reserves: July 2016
August 3, 2016--This monthly release shows details of movements in the UK's official holdings of international reserves, or assets. These consist of gold, foreign currency assets and International Monetary Fund assets
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Robo-advisor Scalable Capital launches in the UK
August 2, 2016--European digital investment manager Scalable Capital has entered the UK market, opening its portfolio management business with portfolios constructed exclusively from exchange-traded funds.
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Boerse Stuttgart generates turnover of around EUR 6.3 billion in July
August 2, 2016--Fall in turnover following outstanding levels in June
Boerse Stuttgart generated turnover of around EUR 6.3 billion in July 2016, according to its order book statistics.
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Eurex-Trading statistics July 2016
August 1, 2016-In July 2016, the international derivatives market Eurex, part of Deutsche Börse Group, recorded an average daily volume of 5.5 million contracts (July 2015: 5.9 million).
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Turnover at Deutsche Borse's cash markets at 100.8 billion euros in July
August 1, 2016--Order book turnover on Xetra, Börse Frankfurt and Tradegate Exchange across all asset classes stood at €100.8 billion in July (July 2015: €137.3 billion).
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World-first "masala" bond launches on London Stock Exchange
August 1, 2016--London's status as the leading global financial centre was underlined when the world's first ever "masala" or rupee-denominated bond issued outside of India by an Indian company was listed on the London Stock Exchange today (1 August 2016).
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STOXX Announces Component Changes To STOXX Europe 50 Index
August 1, 2016--STOXX Ltd., the operator of Deutsche Boerse Group's index business, and a global provider of innovative and tradable index concepts, today announced component changes in the STOXX Europe 50 Index due to the fast-exit rule.
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LSE builds presence as premier listing venue for offshore RMB investments
July 29, 2016--London Stock Exchange (LSE) has welcomed a new China-focused exchange-traded fund from Hong Kong-based asset manager ICBC Credit Suisse (ICBCCS) and ETF provider WisdomTree.
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Lyxor lists London's first FTSE 100 USD-hedged ETF
July 29, 2016--Europe's third largest provider of exchange-traded funds, Lyxor, has unveiled a new ETF offering US dollar-hedged exposure to the FTSE 100 Index.
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Rush from European equity funds goes on as $76bn pulled this year
July 29, 2016--The sprint out of European equity funds has stretched to almost six months, draining portfolios of $76bn since the start of the year as uncertainty over the implications of the Brexit vote and a crisis in the Italian banking sector weigh on investors.
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New active ETF with focus on high-dividend companies launched on Xetra by Commerz Funds Solutions
July 29, 2016--ETF tracks primarily European and US high-dividend companies
A new active ETF issued by Commerz Funds Solutions S.A., a Commerzbank Group management company, has been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Friday.
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Source study shows active managers face increasing difficulty
July 28, 2016--ETF provider Source finds that correlations between the equities of countries and sectors in Europe have become so high that it is increasingly difficult for active managers to add value.
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Ossiam's smart beta CAPE US Sector Value ETF sees $400m flow in
July 28, 2016---Smart beta exchange-traded fund provider Ossiam has announced that its Ossiam Shiller Barclays CAPE US Sector Value TR UCITS ETF (LSE: UCAP) has attracted more than $400m since its launch in June last year.
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Euro Area Economic and Financial Developments by Institutional
July 28, 2016--Euro area saving (net) grew faster than non-financial investments (net) in the first quarter of 2016. Non-financial investment (net) increased for corporations and households. As a result of changes in saving and non-financial investment, euro area net lending to the rest of the world increased further.
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IMF-Ireland: Selected Issues
July 28, 2016--Introduction
1. Ireland's successful fiscal consolidation and growth turnaround have created fiscal space in the medium term under the SGP, but more efficient public spending could further increase the "effective" fiscal space.
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ESMA issues overview of European prospectus activity
July 28, 2016--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today statistical data on the number of prospectuses approved and passported by the National Competent Authorities (NCAs) of the European Economic Area (EEA) within the EU prospectus regime.
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ESMA publishes extract on enforcement decisions on financial statements
July 28, 2016--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an extract from its confidential database of enforcement decisions on financial statements.
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ECB-Monetary developments in the euro area: June 2016
July 27, 2106--The annual growth rate of the broad monetary aggregate M3 stood at 5.0% in June 2016, after 4.9% in May 2016.
The annual growth rate of the narrower aggregate M1, which includes currency in circulation and overnight deposits, decreased to 8.6% in June, from 9.1% in May.
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Deutsche Borse AG with significant profit growth in Q2 2016
July 27, 2016--Consolidated net revenue rise 10 per cent
Lower costs before non-recurring and consolidation effects
Adjusted net profit up 21 per cent to around €219 million
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STOXX Pulse Online-BREXIT: Uncertain Times Ahead For Funds Market
July 27, 2016--Despite the fact that Brexit will presumably not take effect until early 2019 or later, the impact of the UK's vote to leave the European Union has begun to sink in and has triggered a debate also in the funds market.
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ESMA updates its EMIR Q&A
July 27, 2016--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today an update of its Q&A on practical questions regarding the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).
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Reporting complexity forcing buy-side to outsource data services
July 26, 2016--Buy-side outsourcing trend expected to continue, as firms seek to manage complexity of data and reporting requirements.
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Preliminary acceptance level of the exchange offer made by HLDCO123 plc to the shareholders of Deutsche Borse AG exceeds the minimum acceptance threshold
July 26, 2016--Based on the declarations of acceptance received and booked so far by the custodian banks for the exchange offer by HLDCO123 PLC, London, United Kingdom to the shareholders of Deutsche Börse AG in connection with the planned combination of Deutsche Börse AG with the London Stock Exchange Group plc, the minimum acceptance threshold of 60% of the Deutsche Börse shares (less treasury shares) has been exceeded (completion condition pursuant to section 14.1 A.1 of the offer document published on 1 June 2016).
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Deutsche Boerse and GSX list Bitcoin instrument
July 25, 2016--Traders are now able to gain exposure to digital currency Bitcoin through an exchange traded product that has listed on the Gibraltar Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse.
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Monday Morning Memo: Review of the European ETF Market, June 2016
July 25, 2016--Opposite to the overall fund industry in Europe and despite the increased volatility prior to the "Brexit" voting in the United Kingdom, the promoters of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) enjoyed net inflows for June.
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ESMA issues warning on sale of speculative products to retail investors
July 25, 2016--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today issued a warning about the sale of contracts for differences (CFDs), binary options and other speculative products to retail investors who are unaware of the risks associated with these products, and also highlights the regulatory action taken in relation to several Cyprus-based investment firms.
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ESMA publishes updated Q&A on CFDs and other speculative products
July 25, 2016--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today an updated version of its question and answer document (Q&A) on the application of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) to the marketing and sale of financial contracts for difference (CFDs) and other speculative products to retail clients (such as binary options and rolling spot forex).
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